alright chumps time to get learned about star trek. Look beyond the nerd conventions, My thoughts, to your thoughts. Basically this thread is dedicated to the star trek television series, including all the other versions (such as TNG)
Star trek: The original series
Created by Gene Roddenberry. This was the first star trek ever released, it was extraordinary when it was released. you can easily tell this was made in the 1960's (1966 to be exact), from the sounds not matching any of the effects to the 3 foot star ship model held on fishing line, you can see that any sort of special effect was in it's infancy, and that any and all cgi simply didn't exist.
Star trek: The Next Generation
This was the second incarnation to be released, and personally, I think of it as the best. Just like the first one, it was created by gene roddenberry, Who sadly passed away during this series in 1991 (4 years after it first aired in 1987). This series had it's fair share of connections to the original series. Towards the end of the third season the show's whole theme somewhat shifted a little. Prior to the third season finale the show was quite episodic, where plot lines didn't really transfer over, however after the showing of the season 3 finale the show shifted to a more streamlined plot and included a lot more drama.
Star trek: Deep Space Nine
This was the third incarnation of star trek, first debuting in 1993 (during star trek: The next generation), and consequently had many crossovers, such as the characters from The next generation meeting up with characters in Deep space nine. It was the first to not be created by gene roddenberry, but instead created by Rick berman and michael piller. This series wasn't based on a star ship, but instead based on a starbase. Unline star trek: The original series, and Star trek: the next generation, Deep space nine had long story arcs over multiple episodes, and very complex character development, such as characters having more inter-personal conflicts, something that gene roddenberry forbid.
Star Trek: Voyager
This was the fourth incarnation of star trek, first debuting in 1995 (during the airing of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) It was created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor. It was the first Star Trek series to feature a Female Captain as well. This series has more of a familial crew, and has much more engaging action sequences and light humor. The whole series has one big plotline, but each episode tends to have it's own little story with parts that carry over in to the next episode. This is based on the Voyager starship Trying to find an enemy vessel, when suddenly both voyager and the enemy vessel are forced in to the delta quadrant over 70,000 lightyears away, by a powerful being named the caretaker. During the transit many of the crew died, and now the enemy vessel and Voyager have to work together on a 70,000 lightyear trek back home, which would take approximately 70 years.
Star Trek: Enterprise
This series first debuted in 2001, and was created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. Enterprise is a prequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. Enterprise ran only 4 seasons before it's cancellation in 2005. Sorry I can't provide more information as I do not want to watch this series. GB calls it a shit stain on the star trek franchise, but I'm sure it has some hidden gems in it.
Timeline wise -
Star Trek: Enterprise - 2151 - 2155
Star Trek: The original Series - 2265 - 2269
Star Trek: The Next Generation - 2364 - 2370
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - 2369 - 2375
Star Trek: Voyager - 2371 - 2378
I personally recommend to everyone watch Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. Both are AMAZING. Star Trek Voyager is VERY close to star trek: The Next Generation in my books, season 4 blew me away at how good it was as a whole, and almost made me reconsider my top spot.
So, what do you all think of star trek?